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Around The Community

Welcome to Dalrymple ADR! Earlier this summer I left the practice of law as an advocate in search of neutral waters. I wanted to utilize my 23 years of litigation experience in insurance and contracting matters to contribute to the legal arena in a different way. I now hope to bring efficiency, deftness, and sensitivity to the legal process and to help parties who find themselves mired in litigation reach a positive resolution. Please check back as I chronicle the progress of my neutral practice and my activities around Austin, Texas, and beyond.

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As the current chair of the ABA TIPS Health & Disability Insurance Law Committee, I had the opportunity to help develop the ABA TIPS 45th annual Midwinter Symposium on Life, Health and Disability and ERISA Emerging Issues and Litigation held in mid-January in Coral Gables, FL. I also had the honor of moderating a panel on Resolving Life, Health & Disability Benefit Claims (pictured above).

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In mid-October, I attended a couple of back-to-back conferences. I was first in Nashville for the American Arbitration Association's biennial Health Care Dispute Resolution Conference, and then I flew directly to Florida for the ABA TIPS Fall Leadership Meeting in Amelia Island. The above picture is from the latter and includes some wonderful attorneys from the ABA TIPS Life and Health & Disability Committees whom I have had the pleasure to work with this Bar year.

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I was excited to speak on a panel at the Austin Bench Bar Conference this month on “Arbitration v. Litigation: 3 Perspectives on Contemporary Issues.” It was a great opportunity to discuss developing legal issues surrounding arbitration and best practices, while also spending time with fellow Austin attorneys and judges.

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I had the opportunity to both sponsor and present at the American Bar Association’s 44th Annual TIPS Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits in lovely Coral Gables, Florida. Our panel covered ERISA “Hot Topics” in Litigation – Health/Disability Focus. I greatly appreciate the opportunity to be involved with this wonderful program that pulls in diverse attorneys from across the country who represent both plaintiffs and defendants and provide a wide range of perspectives on developing areas of the law.

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Dalrymple ADR’s first sponsorship! I proudly sponsored the Spa Retreat portion of the Texas Minority Counsel Program held in Austin this year. TMCP is such a wonderful program that brings together diverse attorneys to network, develop business, and engage in quality CLE programming—and it is a blast. And as a bonus, I (finally) got to add the “Minority Woman-Owned Firm” ribbon to my name tag!

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I have the honor of being the Chair Elect of the Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee of the American Bar Association TIPS Section. So, it was off to ABA TIPS Leadership Training this month to learn more about the organization, its mission, and its goals in order to make the most of my upcoming leadership tenure with the committee next year. And, of course, the training venue wasn’t too shabby – note the morning beach view from the Key Biscayne Ritz Carlton. Onward.

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